Lincolnville Town News

By Sarah Reynolds | Feb 11, 2013

By Diane O'Brien

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Municipal meetings

All meetings are held at Lincolnville Central School unless otherwise noted.

The Cemetery Trustees meet Thursday, Feb. 14, at 6:30 p.m.

The Budget Committee holds an information meeting Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m.

Also Tuesday, the Comprehensive Plan Review Committee meets at 6:30 p.m.

Town Office

The office will be closed Monday, Feb. 18, for President’s Day.

School

Because LCS is the only Waldo County school participating this year, eighth-grader Clara McGurren  will be attending the state Spelling Bee in March as representative from both LCS and Waldo County. Participants on Monday were Abi Dare, Gabby Englander, Emma Hallundbaek, Adrian Joy, Drew Kelly, Noah Lang, Colt Magri, Clara McGurren and Lexi St. Clair.

Congratulations to January’s Students of the Month: kindergarten: Skyla Dyer; first grade, Freya Hurlburt and William Kobak; second grade, Liliana Palise-Simmons; third grade, Julia Peasley; fourth grade, Alley Johnson and Wyatt Munson; fifth grade, Hope Osgood and Olivia Lydon; seventh grade, Kyle Wood.

The LCS Library Book Fair continues through Friday, Feb. 15, at noon. Help support the library, as proceeds from the fair go to the library and to the Accelerated Reader program.

Winter vacation is next week, and with all the snow we have it ought to be a fun one, with lots of chances for sledding, skiing, snowshoeing and just playing in the snow.

Spaghetti dinner

Come out for a delicious spaghetti dinner Saturday, Feb. 16, and help John Stephens raise the money he needs to travel to the Dominican Republic, where he’ll be part of a team putting a new roof on a refugee center. The time is 5 p.m. and the place Walsh Commons at the school. Donations will be greatly appreciated.

Library program

The monthly winter library presentation and concert will be next week, Wednesday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m. at the L’ville Community Library (temporary location, 6 Heal Rd., across from the Center Store). Local author Kate Braestrup will be the guest speaker, followed by the trio Mr. Moon performing their unique sound. Chaplain to the Maine Warden Service and author of several books, Kate is always a treat, entertaining, humorous, and provocative. Mr. Moon, three young Waldo County musicians, “combine glowing three-part harmonies and eclectic acoustic arrangements with sweet, energetic spirits.” Sounds like a great program. Seats are limited, admission is $10. Call Rosey Gerry, 975-5432 for tickets.

Midcoast Community Children’s Chorus

All children ages 7-12 are invited to sing with the Midcoast Community Children’s Chorus. Registration will take place Feb. 27 at 3:30 p.m. followed by the first rehearsal and parents' meeting from 4-5:15 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 33 Chestnut St., Camden. The spring semester will continue with rehearsals every Wednesday from 4-5:15 p.m., culminating in a May recital. Registration materials are posted online at www.mccsings.org for early registration by mail. New singers may also register starting at 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 27. Semester registration fees are $50 and annual MCC dues start at $5. Partial and full scholarships are available, as well as payment plans. More information at  info@mccsings.org or 975-0582.

Snowstorm

For once, it was everything they promised. The weekend blizzard dumped on us, but how much is debatable. Snow depth in the Center seemed to be around 28 inches, a fair estimate, since probably the wind didn’t blow as freely through there. Since it really piled up around houses, five feet deep and more in places, and out in the open it could blow clear, some people had green grass showing or completely bare decks.

Not us. Listening to the news last night (Sunday) reporting on carbon monoxide and heater vents, we suddenly remembered that we have a direct-vent oil furnace. Instead of going up the chimney, our furnace exhaust goes out through the side of the house, just a few inches above the foundation. It was dark and cold, and Wally had been out off and on all day, shoveling, blowing, raking the roof, etc., so I agreed to put on my boots and try to get around to the side of the house where the vent is. Wading through nearly hip-deep snow was a lot harder than I remembered from my childhood. At one point I fell and was afraid I’d have to crawl back. (At least, that’s what I told him when I finally staggered inside.) At last I got to the vent, and, yes, it was well below the snow, but it had made itself a well, probably from the heat of the exhaust, where the snow had melted all around it.

That vent will be at the top of our list of things to do if and when there’s another blizzard. And maybe we’ll pick up a carbon monoxide detector later today!

In the middle of the blizzard I sat in the sun room, hands buried in warm potting soil, planting onion seeds, lots and lots of them. Outside that relentless wind howled as snowflakes flew by and piled up against the windows. I pictured those onions standing up straight in neat rows under the summer sun, and later, heaped in the wheelbarrow, waiting to be twisted into long ropes and hung in the dark pantry.

Rewards of teaching

It happened again on Sunday morning. Wally was snow-blowing the driveway, though the drifts were so deep they had to be knocked down into the machine’s path before he could get through. Then along came Mike Feener on a bucket loader and dispatched the huge drift behind our pickup in just a few minutes. When Wally thanked him, Mike said that after all Wally’d had to put up with him in eighth grade; it was the least he could do! Was he that bad, I asked after he left. “Of course not! None of them were. They just think they were.”

Hence, another of the rewards of teaching, and staying in the town where you taught. A big thanks to you, former LCS students (1970-1976), for all the kindnesses and help you’ve given us over the years!

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